section Ray’s Paddock

Ray’s Paddock

about 8 hours ago
Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a dozen candidates … Continue reading

Are You My Mother? Methods to Combat Foal Rejection in Thoroughbreds

For many in the Thoroughbred business, the moment when a mare nuzzles her newborn foal for the first time is so magical, it justifies the sleepless nights it takes to get there. Rarely though, those first moments do not go … Continue reading

Digital Influence: America’s Best Racing Makes Generational Connection

It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more people … Continue reading

Charles Town Accident: Warning System Switch Not in Stewards Room

The on-off switch for a warning system to jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town racetrack was not triggered when a horse ran the wrong way toward the field in the fourth race on Saturday night because it was not … Continue reading

Near Disaster at Penn National Gaming’s Charles Town Races

“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races when a loose horse, going … Continue reading

I Can’t Hear You: Veterinarian Reports Equine Hearing Loss Could Be Underdiagnosed

Most people who follow horse sports have encountered a partially blind horse (a few of them have even made headlines on the racetrack, including Lisa’s Booby Trap, Cassaleria, etc), but a partially deaf horse, let alone a racehorse, is considerably … Continue reading

Horse Racing’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck

The burning question in my mind, as I sat through two hours of discussions about how American horse racing will continue to suffer economic declines as the average size of a field going into the starting gets smaller, was this: … Continue reading

Your Opinion Matters: Let Us Know What You Think

We’d like to hear from you. We really would. It’s been 6 ½ years since the Paulick Report launched in June 2008 and the site has evolved…and grown. Two years ago, with the help of The Matrix Group of Lexington, … Continue reading

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in the Du Pont Corporation, the … Continue reading

Start of a Beautiful Friendship? Virginia Racing May Have New Voice

The seemingly endless battle between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen made flat racing in the commonwealth appear all but dead in mid-October as the track threatened to close. After months of failed negotiations with Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective … Continue reading